I am a homeschool mother of two wonderful little girls and a protective and loving golden retriever.
I teach: All
To ages: 6 to 8
I have used both iMoodJournal and Moody Me for myself. Being a single homeschool mother has its rough days! I’ve found it important to keep a smile for my daughters. Apps like these help me monitor myself and my low energy times and days (such as before that first cup of coffee!!)
iMoodjournal is unfortunately not free and doesn’t have as many features as Moody Me. Taking photos of happy things and playing a slideshow, for instance. If I have to choose one over the other, I would choose Moody Me because it is free (hard to beat that price) and has more features.
I really like the design and ease-of-use for finding Common Core aligned lesson plans. I have not seen this kind of design on other lesson plan sites. As a homeschool mom, I try to teach Common Core whenever I can. Learnzillion helps me do that easily. My children also enjoy video lessons more than printable lessons, though I use a combination of both in my home instruction. I would recommend Learnzillion to others.
Who doesn't like free resources? Lessonpoly is a great resource with a lot of lesson plans. I use this website and Betterlesson together to find exactly what I need. My main complaint about Lessonpoly is the design of the website. Sometimes it is overwhelming and difficult to use. But I would still recommend it as a good resource. It is tough to beat free!
I like Betterlesson a lot. I use it for finding lesson plans in my homeschool environment. The material is of good quality and it is free. I especially like the design of the website. It has been easy to find exactly what I need. The list of related files is helpful too. I have not joined any networks and cannot speak to how useful those are.
Curriki's lesson plans have been a hit or miss for me. Some printables cover exactly what I need but finding them means a lot of searching. Curriki is great in that it has a very large number of resources for free. I would recommend other websites like BetterLesson and Lessonopoly first but Curriki is still worth researching to find what you want.
I have used both Moody Me and iMoodJournal. As I wrote in my review for iMoodJournal, being a single homeschool mother can be tough and I believe it is important to keep up a smile.
In my opinion, Moody Me is better because it is free and allows me to take photos of happy things, then play them in a slideshow. I use photos of my daughters when they were little babies, and my dog of course. Both always bring a smile to my face.
The charts are very helpful. I can see patterns in my energy levels and restructure my days when necessary.
The main downside of Moody Me is that it is not as easy to use. iMoodJournal has a better design. But for the price, Moody Me is hard to beat.